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Infrastructure funds to help restore water levels at Lake Mead fish hatchery

Falling levels at Lake Mead have sent managers scrambling to maintain the region’s water supply. But the drought can have consequences for wildlife as well.

The lake stores water and provides power for urban and rural consumers throughout the Southwest.

But it also provides water for a Nevada fish hatchery, which raises endangered species such as the bonytail chub and razorback sucker.

Water levels dropped so low this year that the facility’s intake system can’t function.

The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that funding in the bipartisan infrastructure law includes more than $8 million to replace the water supply line.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.